Published August 17, 2013
A group of about 50 elected officials from across the state have gathered in Savannah this weekend for the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus’ symposium on energy and telecommunications.
The group that includes state legislators, mayors and county commissioners will meet throughout the day today with local leaders in those industries to learn about current and emerging technology.
It’s also a chance for the group to discuss both the best ways to regulate the industries as they advance and the possibility of partnering with companies in the future, said state Rep. Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone.
“It’s an opportunity to educate people about the impact of, say, solar power on the economy and on the environment, (and learn) what are the costs and risks associated with using nuclear,” said Fludd, who helped organize the symposium.
“At a high level I think people know what these issues are, but we’re going to drill down a little more deeply to make sure people understand some of the more complicated aspects of these alternatives.
“We need to know of what we speak,” Fludd said.
State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, D-Lithonia, the chairwoman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, said they’d discuss everything they possibly could cover about the topics today.